Why can't I select objects in Word?

Here are some reasons why the Group button is grayed out and the things you can do to get it back.

The Group button is unavailable

  • Only one shape or picture is selected. Make sure you have multiple shapes or pictures selected.

  • You can't use the Group tool with SVG icons . To group SVG icons, you have to convert them to shapes first. For more info, see Convert an SVG image to an Office shape.

  • Your selection includes a table, worksheet, or GIF image. The Group button will not be available if any of these objects is selected.

The Group button is unavailable

  • Only one shape or picture is selected. Make sure you have multiple shapes or pictures selected.

  • If your selection includes a table, worksheet, or GIF image, the Group button will not be available.

The Group button is unavailable

  • Only one shape or picture is selected. Make sure you have multiple shapes or pictures selected.

  • You can't use the Group tool with SVG icons . To group SVG icons, you have to convert them to shapes first. For more info, see Convert an SVG image to an Office shape.

  • Your selection includes a table, worksheet, or GIF image. The Group button will not be available if any of these objects is selected.

Note: If none of this enables the Group button for you, search the Answers forum or post your questions there.

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